2455 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

Current Hours

RE-OPENING March 21st

Free Admission!

Tours and other programs available.

MUSEUM TOURS

Contact Eliza Schulz for scheduling & details @ 208.368.9876 or email at education@idahomuseum.org.

MUSEUM TOUR EXPLORES TOPICS INCLUDING

  • Rock and mineral classification
  • Geology fundamentals
  • Idaho’s geologic history
  • Idaho’s mining history
  • Idaho fossils
  • Uses of rocks & minerals

HILLSIDE HIKE EXPLORES TOPICS INCLUDING

  • What is geology and what is a geoscientist?
  • Three types of rocks
  • Small scale processes: Weathering and Erosion
  • Large scale processes: Plate tectonics and Faults
  • Local and Regional Geology
  • Warm Springs geothermal system
  • The IMMG tour program consists of a hillside hike and a tour of the museum. 
  • We charge $2.00 per participant and for school groups we do not charge for teachers/chaperones. 
  • We recommend sturdy shoes and water for the hillside hike. 
  • Tours are about 1.5 hours long and are for ages 3 and up.
  • Groups can request museum tour or hillside hike only and the tour is shortened to 1 hour.
  • The tour complements the 4th grade Earth and Space Science Standards required in the Idaho Core Standards.
  • School tours are available for students in public, charter, private, religious and home schools, and day cares.
  • Recommended max is 50 participants. Larger groups can be accommodated.
  • If the group is larger than 25 students, it will be broken into 2 groups and rotated between museum and hillside.
  • Tours are scheduled 5 days a week and run March through October. The full tour is dependent on weather.
  • Tours are conducted between 9 am and 2 pm. Bathrooms are not available until noon during school year.
  • Teachers and chaperones are required to manage students and groups while staff are leading the tour.

Themes:

  • Geoscience Content
  • Geoscience Careers
  • Idaho History
  • Idaho’s Industry

Geoscience Content:

  • What is geology? What are the geosciences? 
  • What do geologists study? What types of jobs are available to a geologist?
  • What are the three types of rocks? What is the rock cycle? 
  • What are the landforms that we can see in our valley? How has the valley changed?
  • How does the earth change on a large scale? What is plate tectonics? What is a fault? 
  • How does that earth change on a small scale? What is weathering and erosion? What are different types of physical and chemical weathering?
  • What is an example of a local natural resource? How has our community utilized local natural resources?
  • What types of natural hazards exist in Idaho? What types of hazards exist in the Treasure Valley?
  • What types of materials are mined in Idaho? What products do they create?

Essential Questions:

  • How is earth’s history connected to our history?
  • How is Idaho’s history connected to earth’s history?
  • Why is geology important?
  • Why is Idaho important?
  • How am I affected by our changing planet?
  • How do people use the earth?
  • What types of problems can I solve as a geologist?

Project Ideas:

  • Choose a location in Idaho. Document that towns/cities nearby and describe the local geology including local land forms, rock types, processes, and history. Describe how the local geology is used by the community or state. What types of hazards exist? Does the local community actively protect its self or rely on the land forms and rocks surround the location? Create a presentation and share with your peers.
  • More to come!